Cars 2 Movie: Review and Giveaway

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Disney Pixar Cars 2 Movie ReviewThanks to Nuffnang, my girls and I enjoyed an outing to see the brand new Disney Pixar Cars 2 movie.  Here’s my review:

Join all your favourite characters from the original Disney Pixar Cars movie and meet many new ones in the adventure packed sequel.

There’s a lot to experience in the new Disney Pixar Cars 2 movie: Countries, cultures, languages, food, car mechanics, relationships, romance, car racing, adventure and more.

The tone

The movie starts with an exciting, mysterious, and beautifully animated action sequence that has you on the edge of your seat in the first minutes. This action packed opening sets the tone for the movie before returning to the familiar and friendly settling of Radiator Springs.

The story

The story follows Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson), Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) and his crew on an overseas trip of a lifetime! Lightning McQueen and his crew enter an international Grand Prix to test out a new organic fuel. The race is held on three different tracks. The cars visit technologically driven Japan, then to friendly Italy, and finishing off in historical England. The attention to detail in the animation of these cities was a delightful surprise.

While the story is about racing, there’s the undercurrent spy mystery that Mater “accidentally” gets caught up in. After Lightning McQueen and Mater have words over his embarrassing “Radiator Springs” behaviour, Mater leaves the racetrack for home…but he doesn’t make it. Instead, Mater meets spy superstar Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the lovely tech assistant turned field agent Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer). These two story lines run consecutively right until the last moments when they collide to reveal a surprising ending.

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Educational potential

The movie has enormous potential for educational purposes. The attention to detail in the different countries is superb and the animation is incredible. There is also a lot of detail placed on car engineering that ties in nicely with the story line. (I know my husband will be interested in the engineering side of things!)

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The message

The message of the story is about true friendship, acceptance and staying true to who you are, no matter where you are.

Fun Kids Review

My two older girls particularly enjoyed the movie (aged 7 and 9).  My youngest daughter was delighted in the “pretty purple car that is a spy and flies” (aged 5).  Here is what they had to say right after the movie:

Last word

Disney Pixar Cars 2 is a family fun movie packed with educational experiences, adventures, all things cars and what it means to be a true friend. It’s a movie to be watched time and time again as there is so much to take in! I’ll leave you with just one question: Will Mater choose to become a full time spy? He has the perfect cover you know; he’s Mater. Cars 2 is in cinemas now!


**Giveaway now closed. Winners have been drawn and notified**

I’m thrilled to be able to offer two (2) Be A Fun Mum readers a family pass to see the Disney Pixar Cars 2. To enter, leave a comment below about your best family car adventure. A few things you need to know:

  1. Open to Australian residents only.
  2. Winners will be chosen on the most creative answer.
  3. Giveaway open Wendesday 29 June to Wednesday 6 July 2011.
  4. Read full terms here.

Find more about the movie in my previous post here:  Disney Pixar Cars 2 is coming soon!

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    Chelsea Everingham
    June 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    My best family car adventures were both trips home from hospital with my newborn babies! I was so excited to be taking them home (in one case back home) to meet family 😀

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    Blake Paxton
    June 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Best family car adventure was travelling from Sydney to melbourne with a four month old…wanting to breast feed often, so having to stop all the time…it turned out to be a great trip even though it took twice as long as it probably should have 🙂

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    June 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    My favourite car trip was as a child myself our trip to the Sunshine Coast from country Queensland in the family Holden towing the caravan. Mum would wake us at 4am to fresh vegemite sandwiches. We’d crash in the car until we arrived in Ipswich, knowing now we were in the ‘city’ we were nearly there. Such good memories, car games, stopping to stretch our legs, windows down! Hard to recreate now in our world of air-conditioning, DVD players and earphones!!

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    June 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Best car adventure was going to see the Dinosaurs show. There and back. My little one was so excited. And on the way back he couldn’t stop talking about it!

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    Tamika Cottee
    June 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Our best family car adventure was taking our 2 year old son home from hospital on a 2 hour journey, after a scary and horrible 4 month stay. We were ecstatic and ready to start a normal life again! I kept turning around and looking at him and then looking at my partner with a big smile on my face as i just couldn’t believe it was real! 🙂

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    Christianne Schultz
    June 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    My best family car adventure was with my partner and my then 15 month old on a trip to Sydney in my mustang for Christmas so my son could meet my partners side of the family. It was so much fun we stopped to check out all the site seeing activities, played on a submarine at Holbrook (I think that’s how the town was spelled), played in a town were there was a Ned Kelly siege and looking at all the memorabilia. The trip was amazing and fun, we all had an amazing time. 🙂

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    June 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Best family car adventure would have to be when I was 16 and I went on my last ‘family’ road trip with my parents and brother. We traveled overland to Adelaide and then back via the Great Ocean Road. I still remember that feeling of nostalgia washing over me, even as the trip happened, and hope that one day I can share a similar adventure with my family as it nears ‘completion’–bub 3 due in October–the road trip is definitely a way to spend lots of time with those you love 😉

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    June 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Our best family car adventure?
    Driving on the beach, watching the kids get lost in the loveliness of the ocean. Parking way up on a dune, being the only family for miles and miles; playing in the warm winter sunshine, big picnic lunch, small toes dipping in the cold sea, and sweet sleepy faces all the way home.

    Great review, Kell! x

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    June 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    My best family car trip was a 5 hour drive to my parents farm in the country. As with all good road trips it started early at 5.30am, with our 2 year old in the back seat with his best friend Buddy (our beagle) and mummy and daddy in the front. Our son slept half the way, with one hand resting on his furry friend. We stopped and had a picnic for breakfast & a run around then back on the road. This was memorable as it may not have been a fancy holiday but all of our family together, sharing a fun trip is what it’s all about.

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    Felicity Lavars
    June 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Our family’s greatest car adventure started when dad decided “let’s go for a drive” where? Who knows? But we packed the car with some yummys and our jackets, while dad put the bikes on the back. We jumped in and off we went. Dad drove around for a while just aimlessly decideding our destination, when finally the “brisbane ranges, anakie” it was. DD (7) was exited for a bike ride in the bush. DS (2) sat on the back of my bike while dad helped DD set up hers. The smell of fresh county air was fantastic and the sounds of birds and animals was a delightful change to the busy city. We pointed out different flowers and animals with the children egarly learning and observing our surroundings. DS was convinced the horses were “BIG PUPPY’S!”
    After the ride we filled our tummies with some delicious fruits and biscuits before dad tought DD “the art of finding a good bush walking stick” which she decided looked like a good hunting spear and so had a compotition on throwing the farthest and highest, while DS discovered the wonders of mud 🙂
    Everyone was thrilled with our “adventure drive” and the children enjoyed a nap on the way home. We now regularly like to jump in the car and find a new destination to explore and have fun, we never know where or what we will find

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    June 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    We went for a 160km or so Sunday drive one day up the Putty Rd with our then 11 yr old son. We took food & snacks etc and were looking at properties that were bordering the famous Wollemi National park and enjoying the wildlife & views.
    A few days before hubby had a punctured & damaged 4WD tyre -so he used our [still new] spare tyre and his father gave him another spare tyre he had lying around,
    BUT got a puncture on the dirt track that takes you on a scenic drive…fully maintained but dirt road in middle of the National Park/ State forest .
    The spare tyre though off another Landcruiser the same as ours had a different stud pattern. #FAIL hubby or grandpa not checking.
    Maybe 40+km walk back to main road – no houses but scattered 100acre properties or shanties kms away with scary signs – Trespassers will be EATEN etc. and TRIPLE chained gates.
    No mobile reception.
    Tyre completely *bugged* ; some screaming as we sit,wait & decide what to do.EAT snacks. Darkness approaching – kid crying – he can’t walk, too heavy to carry, I won’t stay by myself with son while hubby goes or walk by myself.
    Prayed ! soon enough a car comes along and STOPS. They owned a property, said maybe one car comes through a day if lucky. They actually drove us 80km all the way home in their car. Not axe murders thank goodness.

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    June 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I am a mother of 4 girls aged between7 and 4.In the past I have always played kid CD’s and on longer trips-storybook cd’s to make car trips fun!!!.Last year unfortunately we crashed our car but luckily got a new one shortly later.On the way home from car dealer-I asked my girls if they liked the new car-YES they said.I then asked what did they like best and 5yr old says it comes with really cool music-referring to the radio of course.(I couldnt stop laughing and decided maybe listening to the radio wouldnt be so bad for them!!!).

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    Bec Smith
    June 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    My favourite family car trip (to date) was Australia Day 2010, It was such a gorgeous day and we (myself, partner and 3 kids aged 1,4,5 at the time) jumped in the car and started driving north, with no destination, playing ‘eye’ spy and ‘spot the funny cars (old volkswagons hehe)’, stopping at anything anyone of us thought looked interesting.. We ended up at Coffs Harbour- and none of us had ever been there! It was so nice walking together along the big wharf there, and the kids LOVED the big banana! Not to mention, we didnt get home until almost 11pm because we had to drive all the way back haha

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    June 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    C – Canadian Rockies: We travelled in a car for 4 days in September last year, with my Hubby and I, my Mum and Dad and our then 18th month old son. Some called us “Courageous” taking our yound child overseas (total of a month away), we thought it to be a “Chance of a lifetime!”.

    A – Adventure: Laurence Sterne said “A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything”. It’s amazing the adventure you can have when you plan many things from the enjoyment perspective of a child.

    R – Relationships: “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” ~Mark Twain. It’s very true – and we all love each other! There is nothing like a car trip for close proximity travel! Our son now has a wonderful friendship with his grandparents that was forged this trip (they don’t live close to us at home).

    S – Snow capped mountains and impromptu built snowmen. Is there anything more beautiful than a fresh dusting of snow that turns everything white and clean? And it was our son’s first snow experience! Just superb!

    2 – 2 to it again! One day we would love to “take 2” and do it all again because there is nothing like travelling with family, enjoying adventures together and experiencing the thrill of new things.

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    Bernie Clegg
    June 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    OK, my favourite family car trip was in the Christmas holidays last year. We took our three kids (13yrs,11yrs,6yrs) down to Sydney. Our aim was to make the actual car trip part of the holiday, not just the destination. What I loved about our trip was how much thought my husband put into the planning of it. He printed and highlighted our route onto detailed road maps, then laminated them for the kids so they could see where we were up to each day. We tried to pre-plan interesting places for the kids to visit at regular intervals, but we also tried to be spontaneous. For example, we realized on the way that there was a little town in country NSW called Emmaville…this was very exciting for our daughter Emma, so we went out of our way to check it out! Because we stopped alot, I don’t think we travelled more than 4 hours in any one day, so the kids weren’t too stir crazy. But hey. don’t get me wrong, kids are kids, and there was certainly a lot of DVD watching and snacking in the car (that was sNacking NOT smacking)!

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    June 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    My best memories of car trips were with my daddy. I used to do Highland Dancing as a child and we had to travel 3 hours for dancing practice. My father would always drive us kiddies. We would always go to the movies, mcdonald’s and water parks when we got to our destination. We would go to dancing practice at least once a month. Father daughter time is the best and should be treasured. My father passed away last year, and I’m pleased I had all these great memories 🙂

    I now have 5 kids myself (aged 10-4) and we love to go to the movies, going to the cars movie would be fab and I won this it would mean it would be a little cheaper 🙂

    Thank you for this opportunity!

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    June 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    My best car adventure was going with my little princesses to Redcliffe , so that i could marry their Daddy. Our boys already had a super cool car adventure with Daddy and were already waiting for me.

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    June 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    My best family car adventure would have to be our first road trip with my husband and 3 year old at Easter this year. We drove upto Lancelin for the Easter weekend and decided to go driving on the sand dunes. Half way through the dunes I started to get a bit scared so we went off track along a long rocky dirt road. It was that bumpy that we were all bouncing around and my 3 year old was bouncing from left to right in her baby seat! As it was past her bed time she started to get a bit grump so I tried to put my arm around her to stop her from moving as much. By the end of the track she was quiet and when I looked at her…. she was fast asleep! The bouncy ride must have put her to sleep!! LOL!

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    Pauline Sikweti
    June 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    My best family car adventure would be last year when we were driving to Margaret river for a little family quality time. We were crossing the estuary bridge at Mandurah when my little man spotted 2 dolphins leaping in the water. He was thrilled and amazed! He still refers to that trip as the “dolphin holiday”!

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    June 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    The best family car trips I remember always involve my Dad singing our favourite songs and purposely singing a couple of words completely wrong to tease us. We would say no no no and then try and correct him. He would say ooooh ok, then sing them completely wrong again!! We would laugh and think it was so funny and weren’t we so clever knowing the right words!! What’s even more funny for me is that my Husband now does exactly the same thing to my kids, even though I hadn’t told him about my Dad!!

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    June 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Best road trip was with my hubbie on our honeymoon. We took three week to travel from LA to San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas and then down to San Diego. It was truly amazing. Then arriving at Brisbane airport with hubbie and just our cases to start a new life in Australia – wow! What an adventure. I remember driving up to the Sunshine Coast with my head full of dreams. Almost five years later we are still here and have added three children to our family. Both my hubbie and I love road trips so we can s=not wait to go on a big trip round this amazing country with our three little people in the back seat x

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    Kathryn Rodda
    June 30, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I grew up in the country, and we used to go to the Sunshine Coast every year over the Christmas holidays. It was about 3 1/2 hours drive and after my Dad died, we would take our Grandparents & my Great-Grandma, my brother and me were squeezed in the middle of Grandma & Great-Grandma – yes, sharing a seatbelt (we would NEVER even think of doing that now!) One year we got 45 minutes out of town when Mum pulled over, having a funny feeling we’d forgotten something – yes, we had forgotten the bag we always put all our shoes in. Not being able to afford new ones, we had to go home to get them. I always remember the excitement that caused butterflies in my stomach the morning (early morning!) of every trip, because it was so special. Another memory is that we were never allowed to clap in the car, as Mum & Dad would think there was something wrong with the car, and music was stopped as soon as we hit the traffic in teh city so the driver could concentrate. For me, I can’t stand driving without music! (unless I’m talking to the boys)

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    June 30, 2011 at 7:39 am

    My best car adventure with my son is when I took him to visit Woomelang, Sea Lake and Nullawil, with a side visit to Lalbert. This was the first time I went away on my own with my son (who was 11 months old at the time). I ran it like a military outing with everything scheduled to fit with sleeps and meal times….that was until I drove out the driveway. I had a wonderful time just going with the flow, driving when he was calm, playing when he wasn’t and eating whatever!!!! We drove over 200 k’s on the first day and my little man learnt all about the crops growing at the side of the road!!!

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    June 30, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Our biggest car adventure was this year in January, when we moved from country Queensland to central, coastal Queensland. Due to the floods we planned a circuitous route that would make a 10 hour journey take 24 hours over two days and take us as far west as Charleville into parts of Queensland we hadn’t previously travelled! The removal truck went on ahead of us. We departed in the pouring rain, just after the roads were opened so we could get out of our little town, in our car with a 5 year old, a two year old and a very disturbed cat. Our trailer containing bits and pieces including our two hens Rose and Delilah was attached. We drove through some shallow water, but later discovered the roads had closed behind us! We had to stop and get a piece of the trailer welded on again in a western town. 14 Woolworths sermi trailers were travelling the same route because the route we were on was the only way to get supplies to North Queensland and restock flood-hit towns like Emerald. It was amusing for the kids to look out for the semis in the towns where we stopped. In Barcaldine, we were glad we had phoned ahead and booked a motel room because the Woolies semis were also looking for accommodateion! All in all, we will NEVER forget it!

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    June 30, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Our best ‘family’ car adventure was driving from Melbourne to Noosa and back when I was 36 weeks pregnant with my now 2 1/2 year old. It was so hot and we were trying to see how little fuel we could use so we didn’t have the air con on. To keep my very large body cool I had frozen water in cordial bottles and one down my top and another I used wherever I was feeling hottest!We did it in two days (each way) and got 1,000kms to a tank of fuel. Everyone told us we were crazy but it was so much fun, my best ‘family’ road trip to date!

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    June 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Driving to San Remo for a short break. We turned the radio off and sang silly songs, played I spy and counted different coloured cars. It was so much better than trying to listen to music cause we were tuned into each other instead. It promoted great family discussion and that was worth more than some silly song

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    June 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

    best family car adventure was travelling over the nullabor from WA to Vic.. Most exciting experience amazing sights, animals.. Totally unforgettable!

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    Melissa Mollica
    June 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Our best car adventure was in January this year, when my husband and 2 kids hired a “Jucy” campervan, packed only the bare essentials, grabbed a road map and headed off in a direction chosen by our kids! In 4 days we went from sydney to Dubbo, Parkes, Tamworth, Armidale, coffs Harbour and down the coast! It was the best adventure we could have ever asked for!!!

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    Jen O'Neill
    June 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Our best family car adventure was driving to Young at Easter with 3 kids under 5 . The 5 hr trip took 7.5hrs and i was very thankful for our new in car dvd players! Although I had had enough of hearing the first Cars movie by the time we arrived. I may be recovered enough by now to hear “ka-chow” again!

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    June 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

    our best family car trip was Melbourne to Brisbane last year we spent almost 24hours straight, with a 2yo 3yo and i was 7 almost 8 months pregnant. I remeber at one point putting the kids music cd on and the oher half giving me a look, like oh no but you do what you have to to keep them happy and of course lots of pee breaks with a pregnant mummy lol

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    Danielle Pamenter
    June 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Our best family car adventure is when we drove to visit family up north QLD~ Charlie and Lola cd on; lots of LOUD singing; laughing; eating; more laughing; watching the outdoors go by (finding lots of different things) and lots of toilet stops on the side of the road….Might I add not a lot of snoozing was done by my 2.5 y.o and 4 y.o boys~ So we had a adventure packed trip!!

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    June 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    On my daughter’s birthday when she turned five,
    Our 3hr travel time home turned into a 9hr drive.
    When a semitrailer lost its load,
    And left litres of milk all over the road.

    Games aplenty we did play.
    The games you leave for a rainy day.
    To amuse the kids we did rely,
    On great car games charades and eye-spy,

    But our 5 month old oh how he cried,
    For a breastfeed he would not be denied.
    So even once the traffic did abate,
    On side of the road we still had to wait!

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    Glenys E
    June 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Our best family car adventure so far was back in 2006, when my husband and I spent 3 weeks travelling 1500 miles around South West USA (including Route 66) with our (then) 18 month old son. We had an amazing time, saw some incredible sights including the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, White Sands National Monument, Tombstone and a day trip into Mexico. It was challenging sometimes to do a road trip with a small child but heaps of fun. We’d love to do it again one day with our 2 boys, David aged 6 and Liam aged 3. Thanks for the review, we can’t wait to see the movie!

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    June 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    my most memorable car ride was one to kangeroo valley.My DH,myself and 3 little girls.It involved teeny dirt tracks(marked as ROADS on the directory) an engine overheating,a HUGE bloated very dead wombat,wild kangeroos jumping out into the road,scaring us all to bits,and finally………….getting lost

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    June 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Growing up in the USA made road trips extra fun because of two things: 1. the big huge Suburbans that allowed my sister and I to have a whole row of seats to ourself (we would stretch out with a sleeping bag and read, play Gameboy, etc), and 2. the amazing scenery of the Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone National Park. Many games of who can spot the first moose, bear or deer made the time pass very quickly 🙂 Those were my favorite car adventures!

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    Fran Graham
    June 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    My husband, myself and our 2 year old daughter recently went for a motorhome holiday. We did a fair bit of driving to get to the beach, and ‘camped’ for 4 nights. It was the best trip ever! Our daughter sat in the back in her seat, and had a great big window to look out. It was great hearing her get all excited when she finally saw the beach after all the windy, rainforesty roads!

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    mellie jane
    June 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    A trip to busselton when our babies were babies ,A big adventure to a beach house on a beach all to ourselves.

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    Mandy Streeting
    June 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Our best Family car adventure would be when we sold up everything we owned except for a trailer load of stuff and moved to Tasmania. We drove down and went sight seeing along the way. We took the long way and travelled for 12 days. With me, my husband, our son and our dog. We saw so many places and experiencing camping all the way down. Was the best car trip and holiday we have ever been on. We played eye spy along the way to keep us company and we were constantly looking around to see what new and exciting things we would see. We even saw Emus just standing on the side of the road watching the cars drive by, The best fun.

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    Kylie Lowery
    June 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Our best family car adventure was with our 6 boys, who at the time were 6 and under, on a 3,500km return trip to Grandma and Grandads just this past Easter. We decided the journey was as much a part of the holiday as the time spent with their grandparents, so we took our time, stopped at many amazing roadside rest stops filled with play equipment and one we could even have a game of soccer. We made our car our playcentre, all seated of course, with colouring in, the occasional DVD, including of course ‘Cars’, reading books, playing many games of ‘eye-spy’ and travel cricket, and generally talking and spending time together. We found we had very little stress, very little crying or fighting from the back seats, and we upon arriving home we discovered we had become much closer as a family. An amazing journey indeed!

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    nicole Golland
    June 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Our best family trip in the car is a friday night straight from school to our caravan which is right on the beach at San Remo Vic. We love the trip down, takes about 2 hours even though kids are tired once we are there we feel like it is days before we take the trip back to home,(even though its only 2 nights). We love the get away the caravan gives us and what it means to us as a family : – which is time as a family with nature. No TV, no games just talking and the beach love it.

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    June 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Dad, Mum (me!), 4yo son and 18mo daughter, travelling up the Hume Highway from Melbourne to Wagga Wagga……… Always apprehensive at the start of a 6 hour car journey, but it’s always good fun…. the kids love to dance and sing along to some of hubby’s fave songs such as “Travelin’ Band” (Credence Clearwater) and “Bad Medicine” (Jon Bon Jovi)……… no spy mysteries of any sort, just good old fashioned sing-a-longs with swinging arms and legs!!!!! Love it!

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    Melissa S
    June 30, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    The drive home with my 2 1/2 year old daughter from the hospital after being told we she had the all clear and didn’t need to go back. This was after a very long 2 1/2 years of frequent hospital visits, tests and much more. She is now 8 and is perfectly healthy.

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    Bianca S
    June 30, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I’m one of 5 kids, and out of necessity during our childhood, we did several road trips from Tasmania to Darwin.
    The most memorable one was after a huge breakfast, consisting of baked beens and far too much fruit.
    Needless to say, those who drew the short straw, and got stuck with the back seat of our van, were gasping for fresh air, as they didn’t have any windows to open all the way back there.
    Great memories. (something my siblings will never let me forget anyway)
    Something I would LOVE to do with my own kids, if I ever get the opportunity.

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    July 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Best Family car trip was spur of the moment my husband got a call sat morning to go camping sat night for one night on queens birthday. It was quite possibly the most useless but fun trip. We drove for ages following the gps which took us on a road which was not yet paved and we were getting low on petrol but it was through a beautiful forest. We finally find a tiny petrol station which gave us directions and we got to rainbow beach, only to get stuck in the sand, which my then 2-yr old loved as he thought he was the one who dug all the sand away for the car to go. Eventually we made it to the site and had to do it all again on the trip home, the next day.

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    July 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

    We had a long, eventful, interesting drive from Melbourne to Queensland & then back again a week later, when my kids where <1 & 3 years old. We drove through night & day stopping for short breaks to let everyone stretch their legs, go to the toilet, breastfeed, nappy changes, eating, drinking, fresh air & to check the Navman & street directory (as the Navman got us lost a few times!). The younger one slept most of the way, the older one spent the of the night looking out the window into the night & at the multiple road works that seemed to be going on nearly all the way there! The last 2 hours both ways were the worst. Everyone had had just about enough & the kids thought we were never going to get there.
    It was a drive we will never forget filled with laughter, tears, music, singing, bloodshot eyes, stress, anger, doozing, interesting sights & a great time spent talking as a family. The last word after we got home after the long drive home was, it was good & the best thing for us at the time to drive straight through, but we will NEVER DO IT AGAIN!!! LOL! 🙂

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    July 4, 2011 at 9:40 am

    We must be a truly “adventurous” team… taking a 6 month old (bottle fed) and a 2.5 year old (toilet training) on a driving holiday from Brisbane to Victoria!!!
    It was at times hilarious! It was at times frustrating! It was at times tiring! But it was so much fun and the memories that we created will stay with us forever!!!
    Doing special things as a family bonds us together, it brings us closer, it builds fond memories of spending time together, doing things together. Was it crazy? Absolutely! But we wouldn’t have done it any other way. We saw some amazing sites, we played in some fantastic parks, and my Grandmother had the opportunity to meet my two children before she passed away just this year.
    Car trips with kids… Totally recommended, but BE PREPARED and ORGANISED!

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    July 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I heard that this movie may be a bit violent and show shooting type scenes. Is that true. My son loves the first one but we’ve been hesitant to see this one if it has darker undertones.

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    July 5, 2011 at 1:00 am

    My best family car adventure was last year 2 December 2010. My husband and I with our three kids ages (then): 4,3 and 17mos travelled by car from Sydney to Great Ocean Road rested for 3 days and off to Adelaide. It was unbelievable!! Everybody was telling us that it would be impossible with 3 kids these small. But with planning and organising, our kids had a wonderful routine inside the 19hour trip going to Great Ocean road and another 17hour trip going to Adelaide. More than the views, stop overs and food- it was the antics my children told and conversations my husband and I enjoyed the most. It was the best yet quality family time of all time for our famiily.

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    July 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Ooo now this gets the brain thinking…best car adventure…hmmmm…well i was going to say our trip to the Gold Coast last year but then i remembered it was a public holiday and it took up over 3.5 hrs to do a 1.5 hour trip…then i thought maybe the time when i was a kid moving from the country Toogoolawah and moving to Redcliffe being about 4 or 5 and driving over the hill and seeing the ocean for the very first time – i will never forget that view!!! (and i still love ocean views to this day!!!) but in truth my best car adventure was probably when i took my daughter to see “Cars” the movie – now we eagerly await to see “Cars 2″…another awesome cars adventure i am sure…(Thanks)

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    July 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

    my fav car trip was last august- took my 1yr old to Hawaii- it was fun driving along the opposite side of the road, taking in the vast array of scenery, beaches, water, rugged mountains && of course those coconut trees..

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